European Union to host `Our Ocean’ Conference in Malta
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The fourth high-level Our Ocean conference is to be hosted by the European Union in Malta on the 5th and 6th October.
The organisers said that in the spirit of the successful 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions, the conference aims to inspire and empower a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans and complements the EU’s Ocean Governance Initiative.
Over 3 billion people depend directly on the seas for their livelihoods. But in reality, everyone depends on the ocean: for water, food, climate and air.
Human action has left the oceans heavily affected by pollution, overexploitation, coastal degradation and global warming. This has severe consequences for all, the organisers said.
“Forests are our planet’s green lung, but oceans are its blue heart. It is now up to all of us to keep this blue heart beating,” said Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Organisers said that nearly 1000 participants are expected at this visually engaging and interactive 2-day event, including heads of state and government; foreign, economy, environment and fisheries ministers; and other established and up-and-coming ocean leaders in government, business, finance, science and civil society.
Young and cutting-edge innovators and entrepreneurs are to share the stage with well-known and dynamic global leaders in ocean conservation.